2003 Buick Rendezvous Consumer Review: Mixed feelings

2003 Buick Rendezvous - Consumer Review

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CX 4dr SUV (3.4L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Mixed feelings
By V8 Man on


2003 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


I bought a 2003 CXL Rendezvous with 40K miles in 2005. I got it for $16,500--I would not even have looked at it for the new sticker price ($30,000+). Overall, I have mixed feelings about this car, leaning toward favorable. On the positive side, it is a good-looking car, has a nice interior, and rides quiet. The 3.4 L V6 engine is strong enough for most trips. We got the third-row seat, but hardly needed it with just two kids (it folds nicely into the floor). On the negative side, I have replaced a number of parts--head gasket, driver-side hub assembly, electric window motor, electric lock, and rear differential fluid. Heater blows cold air on passenger side. Gas mileage is awful (15).

Best Features

Smooth, quiet ride, as long as you don't have problems with the bearings or rear differential. Good amount of space for a small family. Great styling.

Worst Features

GM went with a lot of cheap parts for a car that is not cheap in price. Be prepared for a number of the problems mentioned by other reviews--front hub assembly (wheel bearings), head gasket, electric windows and locks, etc. Not a bad car overall. If I get another 75K miles out of it, I'll be content
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